best albums of 2012

Music Monday 1.7.13

Streaming free small 470

  • Dropkick Murphys: Sign & Sealed In | Pub anthems 
  • Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory: Elements of Light | If you have a set of church handbells and think they are lame, they don't have to be. Give it 8 minutes & you'll be surprised, 10 minutes and you'll be hooked, 12 minutes and fuggedaboutit. 
  • The Lone Bellow: The Lone Bellow | If Mumford & Sons had a child with The Civil Wars.
  • Broadcast: Berberian Sound Studio | A sonic feast.

Music Sale

$5 Albums for January | There are 2,000. Yeah. I'm not going to list them all, not even the great ones because there are SO MANY. You can check the ones on my Best Albums of 2012 list as several are on sale, including my #1 & #3.

And don't forget to check out my 35 Best Albums of 2012 along with a number of honorable mentions.

Some of the Best Albums of 2012 | CHEAP!


From last week's Best Albums of 2012 post, here's the same list of albums only listing the ones currently on sale. All are $5 unless I say otherwise. It was a couple days ago I worked on this so I'd appreciate it if you would let me know if any prices have changed.

APOLOGIES: Hot Chip | Cat Power | Crystal Castles | Frank Ocean ($3.99) | Bill Fay | Titus Andronicus

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel... | ShearwaterAnimal Joy | Father John MistyFear Fun | Todd SniderAgnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables | The Avett BrothersThe Carpenter ($3.99) | Dan DeaconAmerica | Beach HouseBloom | SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light | Passion PitGossamer | Lower DensNootropics ($5.99) | Jon TalabotFin ($6.49) | Shovels & RopeO Be Joyful | GrimesVisions | HospitalityHospitality

35. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
32. DaphniJiaolong 
29. Purity RingShrines 
28. Fort AtlanticFort Atlantic ($5.99)
26. Tame ImpalaLonerism 
25. Aaron EmbryTiny Prayers ($6.99)
23. Sera CahooneDeer Creek Canyon
22. The XXCoexist 
21. Now, NowThreads 
20. PolicaGive You The Ghost 
19. Brandi CarlileBear Creek 
18. Bhi BhimanBhiman ($6.99)
15. Damien JuradoMaraqopa 
14. PropagandaExcellent (free)
10. Andy StottLuxury Problems ($6.99)
8. SwansThe Seer 
7. The LumineersThe Lumineers ($3.99)
6. Richard HawleyStanding at the Sky's Edge 
5. Lost in the TreesA Church That Fits Our Needs ($5.99)
3. Anais MitchellYoung Man In America 
2. Alt-JAn Awesome Wave ($5.99)
1. Sharon Van EttenTramp

Best Albums of 2012 | Critics/Metacritic


I geek out for critic's lists (magazines, significant review sites, etc) of "Best Albums of..." each year. Metacritic does a great job of compiling them all with a final artist list of how many times they made a list, what places, etc. Then they award points for achieving certain places on lists, which leaves us with the Metacritic "best of" list.

Check out Metacritic's list of lists for 2012, just released yesterday. It changes as each reputable critic or site posts their list. This page from Metacritic is one of the best sources for checking out new music that I missed in a particular year. The lists tend to sway a few older artists into a place they don't deserve because of their lifetime of work, in my opinion. But otherwise it's solid.

Here's the top 10 points earners as of 12.5.2012 at about noon. Album link is to their list of reviews on that album. Click "buy it" to check it out on Amazon.

  1. Channel Orange by Frank Ocean (buy it)
  2. Lonerism by Tame Impala (buy it)
  3. Visions by Grimes (buy it, $5)
  4. Blunderbuss by Jack White (buy it)
  5. Good Kid, m.A.A.d City by Kendrick Lamar (buy it)
  6. Tempest by Bob Dylan (buy it)
  7. Tramp by Sharon Van Etten (buy it, $6.99)
  8. Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen (buy it)
  9. Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (buy it)
  10. World Music by Goat (buy it, $6.99)

If you click over you will find their longer list. Scroll down to see top 10's from magazines, websites, critics, and stores.

The Reader Speaks | Best Albums of 2012

Working over the next few weeks on my Best Albums of 2012 list. Here is my list from last year with links to all previous years. Most of my readers don't post lists of their best albums of the year, so I'm wondering what your "Best Of" list would look like. Let us know what you liked in 2012. Put them in order, list them without rank, or just share that *one* that you wish everyone would hear.